Web accelerating seems to become more and more a serious business for several reasons. While I was reporting yesterday about OnSpeed which supports Pocket PCs now (but requires a subscription fee), today Google (I don't think I need to explain it) launched its Google Web Accelerator Beta which is an application that uses the power of Google's global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator requires to download and install it, and from then on many web pages will automatically load faster than before (wonder if the::unwired is one of them? ;-))
As said, Google Web Accelerator is currently in beta test mode. If you have any problems using it or have suggestions for how we can improve it, please see the Google Group devoted to it. Also note that during the first part of our beta testing period, users outside of North America and Europe may not see much improvement in their web page loading speed.
Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster, including:
- Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google Web Accelerator traffic.
- Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them quickly accessible.
- Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly since you last viewed it.
- Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
- Managing your Internet connection to reduce delays.
- Compressing data before sending it to your computer.
However, Dial-up users may not see much improvement, as Google Web Accelerator is currently optimized to speed up web page loading for broadband connections.
Hmmm, not sure if I like the idea too much at all. While I'm a big fan of Google in general, acting as a proxy offers them many options to change contents (replacing site-ads with their own one), changing Google rankings and let them know where I used to surf to. Like with all accelerators (or at least most of them), privacy is gone.
What do you think? Have anyone of you tried Google Accelerator already?
Cheers ~ Arne